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Two goal hero Robertson puts United through the Mill

Musselburgh Windsor 2

Robertson (2)

Mill United Colts 1

Davenney
  • Sunday, 02 February 2014
  • Pinkie 3G
  • Under 16´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - R5

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

 
Musselburgh Windsor FC Under 16s came back from a goal down to progress to the TransWorld Soccer Scottish Cup Semi Final, defeating 10 man Mill United Colts 2-1. Mill United took the lead through Euan Davenney midway through the first half. Mill United were then reduced to 10 men with Declan Murphy given his marching orders by referee Norrie Neish before Windsor equalised before half time through Christopher Robertson's impressive volley. Windsor completed the job with 20 minutes to go through Robertson again to seal their place in the semi final. It was once again job of reporter for this game for me instead of taking part, not due to injury for a change, but unfortunately cup tied. 
 
The match started fairly even with neither side able to dominate early proceedings, majorly through the horrific windy conditions, and this did however encourage both teams to play football on the deck rather than the stereo-typical Scottish football style of "route 1 hoof ball". The first real chance of the match fell to the home side 7 minutes in, when Windsor midfield maestro John Timmins played a great diagonal ball in towards Jamie Stewart, but the attackers header was inches wide of Ryan Lawrie's left hand post. 
 
Mill United were putting some great deliveries into the Windsor box from free kicks and corners which were proving difficult for the home side to deal with on occasions. Both wingers for Mill United were playing some great balls into the feet of striker Connor Quinn, but Windsor centre half pairing of Aaron O'Donnell and Euan Tarry were proving solid at this point. 
 
Mill United keeper Lawrie kept the game goalless with his first save of the afternoon, denying Christopher Robertson on the angle, palming the ball away for a corner. From the resulting corner, centre forward Euan McGachie's header was blocked. 
 
As I previously mentioned, deliveries into the box were proving the achilles heal for Windsor, and it was to be their undoing as Mill United took the lead. A low driven corner from the right hand side from Dylan Hayes was missed by Windsor left back Jamie Strachan at the front post, and the unmarked Euan Davenney slid in to direct the ball into the corner of the net to put the away side 1-0 up. Nobody had picked up Davenneys run into the 6 yard box.
 
Mill United were on the up now, spreading balls all over the pitch, and looking fairly comfortable. However, the turning point of the match was just around the corner. Mill United's Declan Murphy and Windsor's Sean Gilroy tangled, and Windsor were awarded the free kick. Gilroy didn't like the challenge and had words with the Mill player, but Murphy felt the words were unfair and decided to have a kick out at Gilroy when he was on the ground, and referee Norrie Neish had no hesitation in brandishing the red card and reducing the away side to 10 men. The visitors up against the cosh now, as this gave Windsor a lift.
 
Shortly after the red card, Windsor were on level terms. Once again, Timmins was spreading the ball expertly in the middle of the park, and this time an inch perfect pass fed McGachie, and the big strikers chipped cross was knocked down by Stewart on the penalty spot to Robertson who volleyed in off the crossbar, much to the delight of the Windsor players and coaches. This was to be the last action of the first half which was certainly eventful. 
  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 1-1
  • Mill United Colts
The second half began as the first had ended, with Windsor a real threat going forward. Robertson could of had 4 or 5 goals in this game, and on the occasion he hit the post. Gilroys' mis hit shot fell to the unmarked Robertson inside the 6 yard box, and he looked destined to score, but the woodwork denied him. Still 1-1.
 
Even though they were down to 10 men, Mill United didn't fail in getting bodies forward to support lone striker Quinn, and from a Windsor corner, Mill broke with Quinn, Hayes and Davenney up against Windsors O'Donnell, Cai Smith and  Strachan, 3 v 3, bearing down on goal, but unfortunately Quinn was unable to pick out either of his team mates after a poor touch allowed Windsor keeper Marc Aitken to collect the ball as it rolled towards him. 
 
Strachan almost cost his side a goal by slicing a clearance from his left back position 20 yards from goal straight into the D on the edge of the box, and Quinn volleyed first time, and his effort flew past the stranded Aitken, but also flew by the post by inches. The 10 men of Mill working ever so hard in the second half.
 
Like I said, Windsor No. 18 Robertson could of had 4 or 5 if it wasn't for Lawrie pulling off some impressive stops in goal. His latest stop was after Timmins, once again may I add, threading a delightful ball into the path of Robertson as he beat Mill right back Adam Russell for pace, firing a stinging drive into the top corner but Lawrie was equal to it, flying across his goal line and pulling off a great save to keep the score at 1-1. 
 
Lawrie however was powerless to stop Windsor from taking the lead soon after. A Mill United free kick on the halfway line was delivered by rock solid centre half Lachlan Tait into the heart of the Windsor penalty area, but headed away by Empire state building (AKA Euan Tarry) and then further cleared by Gary Howie. Cries from Windsor boss John Cullen of "Don't punt in, find feet" were screamed at Howie, but Robertson was not giving up the lost cause which looked to be dealt with by Russell. The winger coming from nowhere to nip the ball from the feet of Russell 25 yards from goal, cutting inside on his weaker right foot and curling the ball into the far corner, despite the presence of keeper Lawrie, Robertson was composed to put his side 2-1 up, sending the large Winsor support into raptures (including myself it has to be said)
 
Any opportunity the had, using the wind at their back to their advantage, Mill were throwing balls into the box in an attempt to get back into the match. Hayes and Quinn coming closest to equalise from free kicks from Lachlan Tait, and the pair finding space in the box but unable to make contact with the ball. Windsor hanging on. 
 
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Windsors Robbie Conway was lucky to escape with a yellow card after lunging into a needless challenge on the edge of the Mill United box, taking the pressure off the away side, and mounting it onto the men in blue. From the resulting free kick, Steven Gemmell picked the ball up, fully 30 yards from goal and firing a venomous low strike which looked destined to hit the back of the net, but Aitken at full stretch managed to fingertip the ball wide of the post. Every Mill player apart from keeper Lawrie were in the Windsor box, but Tarry headed away and that was that as referee Norrie Neish signaled the end of the team, and the end of a cracking cup tie. 
 
Mill United can be very proud of themselves for battling hard and working tirelessly throughout the period they were reduced to 10 men, almost equalising right at the death. Getting to the last eight of the Scottish Cup is an achievement in itself, and they will have ambitions now to win their league in the Lanarkshire FDA. For Windsor, a semi final to look forward to following a hard fought win over arguably the best team in the Central Region, Mill United FC Colts.
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 2-1
  • Mill United Colts

Lineups

Musselburgh Windsor
Mill United Colts

1. Marc Aitken
2. Gary Howie
3. Aaron O'Donnell
4. Euan Tarry
5. Jamie Strachan
7. Cai Smith
8. Sean Ballard
10. Robbie Conway
12. Jamie Stewart
14. Jack Gilchrist
15. Adrian Shala
17. Jack Landsborough
18. Christopher Robertson
21. John Timmins
22. Euan McGachie
23. Sean Gilroy

1. Ryan Lawrie
2. Hamish van Kessel
3. Adam Russell
4. Rian Summers
5. Lachlan Tait
6. Warren Greenfell
7. Dylan Hayes
8. Steven Gemmell
9. Connor Quinn
10. Euan Davenney
11. Kyle McAteer
12. Declan Murphy
14. Paul Scullion
15. Alasdair Fordyce
17. Sam Garner

Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor
Mill United Colts
Christopher Robertson was the outstanding man on the pitch for Musselburgh Windsor. He covered every blade of (artificial) grass, never stopped running and both of his goals were top quality. All round great performance.
Mill United were up against it when they went down to 10 men, but captain Lachlan Tait led by example, and was impressive all afternoon for the visitors. The commanding centre half never lost a header all day and could not be faulted one bit for his performance
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor
Mill United Colts
Christopher Robertson sent the large Musselburgh support into raptures after doubling his goal tally to put his side 2-1 up in the second half
Goalkeeper Ryan Lawrie pulled off some impressive stops throughout the game, but one in particular which kept out Robertson from completing his hat-trick was brilliant reflexes from the keeper
Club Views
Musselburgh Windsor
Mill United Colts
John Cullen, Musselburgh Windsor FC Manager: "Both coaches are very proud of the lads today for the performance and the character they showed to come back from a goal down. We battled hard in the second half especially against the wind and we deserve every bit of praise that we get. The goals we got were both very special in their own way, and we are delighted to get through against a very good side in Mill United."
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